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I used to do all kinds of things, including most of the things everyone here has mentioned. However, I found that I got the most benefit from doing these things: Do nothing. Rest. Don't do anything strenuous with your arms, wrists, and fingers. If you spend your time effectively at the piano, that's all the physical workout you need. Most of piano playing ...


Short answer: As much and for as long as you need in order to do what you wish to do in your music. Every practice session should be a balance of technique and music, and your teacher should prescribe that balance. Also the length of the time spent on anything is far less important than the quality of time spent. For technical work, it's possible that 15 ...


There are many exercises you can do when not actually playing the piano. one of my favorites is tapping my fingers on a desk in different rhythms. Personally I like playing with both hands doing the same thing, but that is just personal preference. I like with the right hand 1-3-5-4-3-4-3-2 on the right hand, which is 5-3-1-2-3-2-3-4 on the left hand.


"Can someone tell me how many Hanon excersises I should be doing, and for roughly how long I should be doing the exercises before starting my pieces?" One possible answer to this question is: NONE! It is perfectly possible to make great progress with piano without spending any time at all on Hanon. They are very un-musical, and you might make better ...


"I find that doing this takes so, so, so much time and I can barely get onto my pieces during my morning practice." You have the answer there. Exercises should only take up a small part of your practice. In music practice you should be working on Warm up Technique Old material New material Theory etc etc

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